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The three-story H&V Center will expand the hospital’s surgery capabilities with new cardiac catheterization labs and multipurpose procedural rooms that can support a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery, as well as endovascular interventional procedures. The new center also will provide state-of-the-art technology and added capacity to treat patients. In addition to the building, construction includes a new loading dock and materials receiving department on the lowest level, a new pharmacy and laboratory on the middle floor and shell space on the top floor for the new surgical floor build-out.

Completion of the building is scheduled for early 2016. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Plans Dinner Auction with Mitsubishi The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego has announced that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has agreed to serve as title sponsor of the 29th annual MS Dinner Auction to be held on Saturday evening, Nov. 21, 2015, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, in Coronado. The annual MS Dinner Auction, a black-tie event regularly attended by more than 600 people who bid on more than 700 silent and live auction packages, is considered one of San Diego’s largest annual charity auctions. The event typically raises $450,000 for multiple sclerosis research and programs for people with MS, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. The 2015 French-inspired event theme is “La Fete de la Cure.” The annual MS Dinner Auction is traditionally held on the Saturday before the week of Thanksgiving as a jump-start to holiday shopping.

Tickets begin at $175 per person, and packages with overnight stays are available. For more information, including a list of auction items, or to purchase your tickets, visitwww.MSdinnerAuction.com, or contact Heather Dean Pressnall at [email protected], or (760) 760-448-8417. La Mesa Chamber Collecting for Seniors The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is collecting canned goods for holiday gift baskets to be delivered to 22 seniors who were selected by the La Mesa Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. Mary England, La Mesa Chamber CEO, said requested items include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruits, packets of crackers and pasta, macaroni and cheese, slipper socks for women and men, gift cards from Wal-Mart and Target in any denomination, pens and pads of paper or any other items that will put a smile on their face and make their holiday special. 11, and can be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd, Suite 212, or contact Mary England at (619)251-7730 to coordinate pick up. Gift baskets are scheduled for delivery on Friday, Dec.18, along with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Tiger Cub is Named After TV’s Larry Himmel A tiger cub now living in Alpine has been named Himmel in honor of TV personality Larry Himmel, who passed away in 2014. The skinny, two-month-old male cub was found wandering the streets of Hemet, Calif., and was taken to a shelter operated by San Jacinto County. Later, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials sent the cub to Lions, Tigers & Bears, a federally and state licensed big cat and exotic animal rescue sanctuary that occupies 94 acres in Japatul Valley. Himmel the tiger cub arrived in Alpine weighing 27 pounds and has been steadily gaining weight with a diet of raw chicken, meat and supplements, according to Bobbie Brink, founder and director of Lions, Tigers & Bears. “We’re not sure of its exact subspecies at this point,” said Brink. She said the cub could grow to be 500 pounds and live 20 years. Larry Himmel, who worked for CBS News 8/KFMB-TV starting in 1979, passed away Nov. Lions, Tigers & Bears is open to visitors by appointment only between Wednesday and Saturday. El Cajon Radio Exec Promoted at BCA Broadcast Companies of the Americas (BCA) has promoted El Cajon resident Mike Shepard to vice president of programming and operations. He joined BCA in May 2011 as programming and operations manager. Prior to BCA, Shepard spent 15 years in San Diego as director of programming and operations for KSON-FM, KBZT-FM and KIFM-FM. He also worked with various media research companies, including serving as a vice president for Moyes Research Associates of Colorado Springs, Col., Pinnacle Media Worldwide of Fallbrook, Calif. and P-1 Research of Vancouver, Wash., as well as his own Shepard Media Research. BCA operates XPRS 105.7-FM Max-FM, XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090 and XEPE-AM 1700 ESPN 1700. Fresh & Easy Closing Stores The Fresh & Easy grocery store chain has announced plans to close all its stores, including eight stores in San Diego County and one store in the San Carlos area, 8788 Navajo Road, San Diego. The company operates 97 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, including 54 in Southern California. In a company statement, Fresh & Easy said it has begun “the process for an organized wind down of the business,” while a search for a buyer for all or part of the company continues. Merchandise is expected to be liquidated over the next few weeks. State-mandated layoff notices have been sent to about 3,000 employees. The chain was British supermarket giant Tesco's first venture in the U.S. The Yucaipa Cos., based in El Segundo, Calif., bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013 from Tesco.

In March of this year, the company closed about 50 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. Grossmont Hospital Foundation plans fundraising Gala The Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic organization that raises funds for Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, will host its 30th annual Gala beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego.

The theme is “Western Swing with a lot of Bling.” More than 500 physicians, community and business leaders, current and potential donors and corporate sponsors are expected to attend the fundraiser that will feature live and silent auctions, dining, entertainment and dancing Western-style dancing. What began decades ago as a “Fall Round-Up” at the Daley’s East County Ranch, the Gala has evolved into the community’s biggest celebration in support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. East County resident Connie Conard is chairing the Gala for her 10th year.

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